Paul was born in 1961 and grew up in Cambridge. He was ordained a Catholic priest in his home parish in January 1989 and served his first curacy in Bury St Edmunds. In 1991 he was appointed Private Secretary to Bishop Alan Clark of East Anglia and then served his successor, Bishop Peter Smith. In 1999 he was appointed Administrator at St John’s Cathedral in Norwich before moving again in 2001 to become parish priest at St Ives, near Cambridge. It was during his time in St Ives that Paul developed a great devotion to the Christian community in the Holy Land, encouraging pilgrimage as a way of solidarity and support for the diminishing Church in the Middle East. He is presently released from pastoral commitments in order to found a small charity, Palestine Pilgrimage. Through organising pilgrimages to the Holy Land which interact with the local Christian community it is fast becoming a major provider of support to the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem.
In 2003 he was made an Honorary Canon of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Paul lists his hobbies as relaxing with a good book, cooking and enjoying long walks in the East Anglian countryside.